Old Cahawba's visitors' center and museum has resumed normal operating hours at reduced capacity. Please continue to observe social distancing and other safety guidelines while on site. 


Old Cahawba is Alabama's most famous ghost town. In 1819 the town was carved out of the wilderness to be the state's first capital. Although the state changed the location of the capital in 1826, Cahawba continued to grow into a thriving and wealthy river town.

For a short time after the Civil War Cahawba attracted emancipated African Americans seeking new freedoms and politial power. By 1870, however, the population diminished to 300. By the turn of the century most of Cahawba's buildings were lost to fire, decay, or dismantlement.

Blue Star Museum: Old Cahawba proudly offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

View all AHC Owned Forts, Battlefields & Archaeological Sites

Come experience the picturesque ruins of Old Cahawba, an important archaeological site and gateway to natural wonders.

Old Cahawba's grounds as well as the historic St. Luke's Church are available for family reunions and large gatherings.

For more information contact us at 334-872-8058 or


Out of an abundance of caution for all involved, we regret to announce the cancellation of the annual Haunted History at Old Cahawba, scheduled October 17 & October 28, 2020. The safety of our staff and guests is of utmost importance to us during the ongoing threat of the coronavirus and COVID-19. We look forward to hosting this event next year.

November 5 - Frontier Capitol and Early Statehood Walking Tour (WILL BE RESCHEDULED. Data TBA)

December 5 - If Bugs Could Talk Walking Tour

To accommodate social distancing, this tour is allotted for a maximum of 15 participants. Interested parties are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets in advance of the event. Tickets may be purchased by calling 334-872-8058. Old Cahawba accepts all major credit cards. 

Amount Ticket
$2 Adult
$1 Children 6-18 years (with parent)
Annual Pass - Individual $25
Annual Pass - Family $35
Events and Programs:
Walking Tours $8
Step on Bus Tours $8
Basic Wagon Tour
(group for 2 hours)
Adult - $10, Child (under 18 years) $8
Extended Tour $15
Workshops or Classes per day $25
Group rental - picnic area (4 hours) $75
Group rental - Church
(8 hours, up to 5pm)
Group rental - Church
(4 hours)
Rental extending beyond 5pm - $50 per additional hour
Shuttle fee for canoeists to HWY 22 $15
Shuttle fee for canoeists to HWY 80 $25
Canoe rental with shuttle - weekends only $40

From Selma, Alabama, take AL-22 West for 9 miles. Turn left on County Road 9 and travel 5 miles. Turn left on County Road 2 to enter Old Cahawba.

9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville, Alabama 36767


Site Director: Linda Derry

Visitor Center: 334-872-8058


Media Contact: Andi Martin, 334-230-2680